Genting Cruise Lines welcomed the third member of its Dream Cruises fleet with the christening and inaugural home port deployment of Explorer Dream in Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal.
The christening ceremony featured Ms. Grace Chen, the godmother of Explorer Dream and one of the most influential fashion innovators in China. The innovative christening was activated by her magic wand of dreams and aspirations and the spirit of exploration was symbolised by a majestic unicorn that led the iconic Dream Cruises mermaid out of the ocean and into a new realm, where she will embark on the quest to discover new horizons across the seas. With the traditional breaking of the champagne bottle against the bow of the ship, Explorer Dream officially began her journey with Dream Cruises.
Hui Lim, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Genting Hong Kong, said: “Dream Cruises is the most recognised cruise brand in Southern China due to World Dream being positioned in the dual home ports of Guangzhou and Hong Kong.”
“However, as we all know, the Eastern and North Chinese market is five times larger than the south and Dream Cruises will be building two 204,000 gross ton Global Class ships to be launched starting early 2021 in Shanghai and Tianjin to accommodate this market. These two ships, being built in our own shipyards Germany, are also designed to be the most advanced and intelligent cruise ships ever to be constructed. In order to prepare the foundations and increase Dream Cruises’ brand awareness in East and North China, we are pleased today to welcome Explorer Dream in Shanghai as the third ship in our Dream Cruises fleet.”
Explorer Dream is the second cruise ship of Genting Cruise Lines to homeport in Shanghai.
After the inaugural ceremony, Grace Chen presented a spectacular fashion show at sea aboard the ship. Eighteen models showcased her Voyage collection and walked the runway on the Palace Pool Deck, where guests enjoyed a visual feast inspired by the spirit of exploration and discovery, both of which are the brand essence of Dream Cruises.
Explorer Dream joins fleet-mates, Genting Dream which debuted in 2016 and World Dream in 2017.
Built with German craftsmanship, Explorer Dream measures 268 metres in length and 32 metres in width. She has a total gross tonnage of 75,338 tons, 928 cabins and lower berth capacity of 1,856 passengers.
The Palace – the signature, luxury “ship within a ship” enclave of Dream Cruises – provides an unprecedented “True Asian Luxury” experience to discerning travellers in China and Asia, boasting an industry leading staff to guest ratio, a majority of its suites at over 40 square metres, as well as Proprietary Butler Training endorsed by affiliated company Crystal Cruises, the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line.
A generous variety of culinary options will also be available to cater for every taste – from inspired Asian flavours to exquisite Western delicacies. Acclaimed Australian Chef Mark Best will extend his influence on to Explorer Dream with his Seafood Grill by Mark Best serving up the ocean’s bounty in a spectacular al fresco setting. Signature Dream dining favourites will also take pride of place on the new ship including Umi Uma for Japanese delights, Silk Road for traditional Chinese fare, Blue Lagoon for Southeast Asian comfort food and Palm Court for informal refreshments and breathtaking views. For adventurous foodies, the all-new Mozzarella Ristorante e Pizzeria will tantalise with a modern fusion of classic Italian dishes and pizzas with a Japanese twist.
Guests of Explorer Dream can also enjoy thematic programs on their journeys at sea including “The Connoisseurs Circle” bespoke enrichment program, featuring inspirational talks and events that are especially curated for guests of The Palace, such as a fashion talk by Grace Chen, the godmother of Explorer Dream.
Sailing from its Shanghai home port, Explorer Dream will take guests on cruises to popular destinations in Japan that range from three- to six-night itineraries, such as the three-night cruises to Kyoto, Osaka or Kobe, or the two-night round-trip cruise to Okinawa. In the month of April, when Japan’s cherry blossoms are in bloom, guests can enjoy the dazzling floral display on shore, complemented by authentic Japanese experiences on the cruise, such as specialty dishes featuring Japanese Wagyu beef and pork, tuna cutting performances, Yukata trials, poolside festivals and more.
Starting from 1 July, Explorer Dream will begin her home port deployment in Tianjin with more summer cruise options for family travellers, who will enjoy the renowned stage productions of Kaixin Mahua at sea. Taking the first step to evolve Dream Cruises into “Asia’s Global Cruise Line” by sailing outside Asian waters, in October 2019, Explorer Dream will homeport in Sydney and Auckland where she will embark on a variety of seven-night weekly itineraries down under.
For more information about Dream Cruises, see dreamcruiseline.com